The Oakland A’s beat the New York Mets 6-2 Tuesday night to end a five-game, season-high losing streak. Coco Crisp was the hero coming through with a three-run, 2-out RBI triple in the fourth inning to give the A’s a 4-1 lead.
“I haven’t been hitting well so I’m trying to figure out a few things to be successful with what ever I’m dealing with,” Crisp said. Crisp went 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
The A’s loaded the base in the third inning. Alberto Callaspo singled with one out, Coco Crisp followed with a single and DH John Jaso reached on an infield single but Josh Donaldson took a called third strike to end the threat leaving the game scoreless.
Scott Kazmir got his 14th win with help from four relievers. Kazmir pitched six innings giving up four hits and one run while striking out six. Kazmir allowed a third inning solo home run to Travis D’Arnaud who has now hit four home runs in the Mets last 12 games.
The Mets added a run in the seventh innings when Anthony Recker doubled in Wilmer Flores to keep the game close but the A’s Josh Reddick hit a 2-run home run for the 6-2 final.
Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee is now 0-5 in seven starts and is winless since July 9th. “He’s up in the zone,” Manager terry Collins said. “He’s a better pitcher than what he’s showing.”
Crisp’s triple in the fourth inning lifted an albatross off the shoulders of the Athletics who have been struggling for timely, run-scoring hits. “It was good to see Coco come through,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
Stephen Vogt, Alberto Callaspo and Derrick Norris all had two hits for the Athletics who had been struggling. “We needed a timely hit, something that has had some of our hitters pressing a bit.” Melvin said.
The A’s play the back end of the two-game series against the Mets this afternoon with Zack Wheeler (8-8) taking the mound against Jeff Zamardzija (5-9).
The A’s remain ½ game back in second place behind the Anaheim Angels who also won, beating the Red Sox 4-3.